Hemmerle is a Munich-based jeweller founded in 1893 by brothers Joseph and Anton Hemmerle.
Anton and Joseph Hemmerle established Hemmerle when they received a Royal warrant of appointment to create medals for the Royal Bavarian Court, Bavarian Order of Merit. The Hemmerle boutique at 14 Maximillianstrasse opened in 1904 and remains there today.
Stefan Hemmerle, Joseph's grandson, manages the company along with his wife Sylveli. Christian and Yasmin Hemmerle, their son and daughter-in-law, manage design and product development.
Stefan Hemmerle in 1995 designed a ring for the wife of a Munich art collector, in response to her practice of wearing Berlin iron jewellery (which Germans received in exchange for donating their gold and silver jewels toward funding the War of Liberation). He set a diamond in textured iron rather than in gold or platinum. The combination of common metal with a precious stone was unusual.
Hemmerle jewellers use gemstones including orange-pink sapphires, green diamonds or conch pearls. often set in unorthodox materials such as copper, steel or wood. Each piece is designed bespoke. The family import materials including South China Sea Melo pearls or blue aquamarines from Brazil's Santa Maria mines.
Hemmerle's styles include the tassel earring, created using a traditional Austrian technique of knitting together cut stones often in bright colours into invisibly stitched strands.
In 2016 Hemmerle announced The [AL] Project, a series of jewels exploring the properties of aluminium, previewed at TEFAF in Maastricht. In the same year, Hemmerle participated in Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York. This is the fifth instalment of the Triennial exhibition series.
Hemmerle jewels have been part of numerous exhibitions worldwide including Canada, the United States, Japan, Australia, France and the UAE, amongst others. Exhibitions include: Myths: Jewels Today – Seen by Stefan Hemmerle, Die Neue Sammlung, the State Museum of Applied Arts and Design, Munich, Germany (2006); Pearls, travelling exhibition (2001-2008); The Nature of Diamonds, travelling exhibition (2008-2010); The Pearl Exhibition, Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar (2010); Serpentina: The Snake in Jewellery Around the World, Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim, Germany, (2010-2011); Pearls, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK (2013-2014), and Beauty - Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York USA (2016).
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